I know I preach to the choir that one should not assume. But if I know nothing about you except that you’re a writer, I’m going to make an exception.
Here are ten things I associate with writers.
- You read. If you’re a writer, you’re a reader. So don’t be surprised if I ask you what you’re currently reading or what novels you’ve enjoyed in the past. Bonding over books is the best type of bonding after all.
- You’re observant. Writers are amazing at observing everything and everyone. Understatement of the year. Maybe you’re secretly a ninja too. As fun as it is to be detail-oriented, that can also drive you insane. Stay sane.
- You support other writers. Since you know the struggle better than anyone, why wouldn’t you encourage others who are also struggling.
- You have a good grasp of grammar. But I also understand the urge to disregard rules completely. They were made to be broken, right?
- You can empathize. You have to put yourself in the shoes of fictional characters all the time. I hope you can do the same with human beings.
- You have an online presence. This is especially true if you’re younger. Facebook. Twitter. A blog. A website. At the very least, I’ll be able to stalk you somewhere on the Web. Oh, don’t get me started on the growing pains of social media. I’m getting so old.
- You’re smart. You probably have a wealth of knowledge in that beautiful brain of yours. Care to share?
- You like stories. Hearing them and telling them. I hope you have a lot because I’m all ears. Or if you rather listen to mine, I’d be more than willing to bore you to tears.
- You’re working on something. Whether it’s a short story or an epic novel, you probably have a work in progress on your plate. Maybe even multiple projects you’re managing at the same time. Multi-tasking is a way of life.
- You write. If all I know about is that you’re a writer, I’m going to suppose more than anything that you write. I’ll likely proceed to wonder what you dabble in. Fiction? Non-fiction? Fantasy? History?
I think it’s relatively safe to assume writers write words.